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Patrick Lewis

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Patrick Lewis
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
"He has a fantastic manner with the clients and the court, as well as in-depth knowledge of the immigration rules, guidance and general legal argument."

Chambers UK, 2019

"He is a very thorough and pragmatic barrister with in-depth knowledge ranging from human rights to points-based work."

Chambers UK


Patrick is a practitioner specialising in advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, detention, EU free movement and human rights law. While he is regularly instructed in appeals in the Court of Appeal and the High Court he has maintained his practice at the Tribunal Level. This gives his clients the advantage of an experience gained from having appeared in this Jurisdiction for over 21 years, making him one of the most experienced barristers practising in this field.

Patrick has been practising in the field of immigration law since 1992, and while he also undertook pupillage in family and criminal law, his decision to practice exclusively in immigration and human rights law has meant that he can specialise in every aspect of this increasingly complex area. The range of appeals in which he has successfully represented includes challenges to every type of immigration decision made by either Entry Clearance Officers abroad or the Secretary of State in the UK. He fully appreciates the fundamental importance of such appeals to those affected by adverse decisions.

Patrick acts for individuals and commercial undertakings in relation to matters arising for economic migrants under the points-based system (Tiers 1, 2 and 5) and other routes. Among other things, he provides advice to individuals and to banks and financial entities in relation to the Tier 1 (Investor) route, and to individual and sponsors under the other routes. He has advised in a number of applications for leave to enter or remain in the UK as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). His practice also involves advising in applications or representing in appeals by individuals and companies who wish to establish or maintain a business in the UK under the EC Association Agreements.

He frequently acts for clients whose appeal involves close family members such as a spouse, parent or a child. In many of these cases his expertise in the Immigration Rules, the European Convention on Human Rights and European Community law has proved to be decisive in the outcome of the appeal.

He has successfully acted for a number of individuals who have been granted leave to remain in the UK and subsequently applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain but whose application has been refused.

He is increasingly instructed in advising on the preparation and drafting of initial applications made both overseas and within the UK with the objective of avoiding the delays and expense of the appeal process.

Patrick has also been instructed to act for a significant number of individuals who face deportation having been convicted of serious criminal offences, including hijacking, terrorism and major drug importation. This is in addition to being instructed in proceedings occurring in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), where national security grounds have been invoked by the Secretary of State. He has been instructed in a number of high profile cases.

His level of experience is such that he has been recognised as an expert on UK Immigration Law in proceedings in the High Court Principal Registry of the Family Division and foreign jurisdictions.

What Others Say

Patrick has been identified as one of the “Leaders at the Bar” in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession for the last eight years.

“He has a fantastic manner with the clients and the court, as well as in-depth knowledge of the immigration rules, guidance and general legal argument.”
Chambers UK 2019

“His knowledge combined with his pragmatic and realistic approach makes him formidable.”
Legal 500 2019

“We are very impressed with his knowledge of the immigration field and the way he works with our clients.”
Chambers UK 2018

“His major strengths are his approachability and legal know-how.”
Legal 500 2017

“He’s very approachable and always listens with avid attention, which inspires confidence.” “His immigration knowledge and the way he works with clients are very impressive.”
Chambers UK 2017

He knows how to put across a case in a way that appeals to a judge.”
Legal 500 2016

“He is a very thorough and pragmatic barrister with in-depth knowledge ranging from human rights to points-based work.” “He brings the authority and calmness that comes with years of experience.”
Chambers UK 2016

“A compassionate, intelligent and persuasive advocate.”
Legal 500 2015

Comments recorded in Chambers UK made by fellow professionals include:

He is “admired by the market for his astute immigration advice regarding individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses applying to reside in the UK under the points-based system. With over 22 years of expertise at the Immigration Bar, he is a confident advocate when it comes to representing his clients before UK or international courts.”

 “Very approachable and willing to take calls at all hours.”

“He gets good results at court and tribunal, and clients love him.”

He is “a dedicated barrister” who is “very good at handling tricky cases that others might not be too keen on.”

“Patrick’s analytical and extremely committed approach to appeals including SIAC cases found favour with the market”

“Sources highlighted him for his “ability to put across in layman’s terms what the complex issues are”

“His practice is exclusively in immigration and asylum law. He has acted in a number of high profile cases including that concerning Afghan nationals claiming asylum following the Stansted hijacking”

“Good with clients, thorough, knowledgeable and approachable,” solicitors are “comfortable instructing him with vulnerable clients” and believe that his approach “can get the empathy of the tribunal.”

“Patrick works with businesses challenging the effects of new immigration guidance. He is a counsel of choice for his expertise on the points-based system (PBS) and also undertakes a substantial amount of work on criminal deportation appeals. He is described as “bang up to date, really well prepared and very good with clients.””

In the Legal 500 2014 publication, it is noted that Patrick “puts clients and judges at ease.”


Patrick has been a contributor to various chapters of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice, recognised as the leading text on Immigration Law.


Patrick was awarded the Major Award of the Queen Mother Scholarship, awarded to outstanding entrants to the Bar, and the Blackstone Exhibition Entrance Award by the Middle Temple.

Other Activities

Patrick acted as legal adviser to the Management Consultants GVA who undertook a review and evaluation of a pilot procedure for assessing asylum claims whereby legal funding was front loaded in an attempt to avoid delay and unnecessary appeals.

Patrick has regularly led training in immigration law. He has lectured, and on occasions devised training courses, for the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, The College of Law and Central Law Training. In addition he has provided in-house training for different firms and voluntary sector organisations. He has also been involved in lobbying and advising on asylum and immigration legislation.